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Posted by [email protected].com on April 03, 2000 at 17:24:50:

In Reply to: painful heel? posted by Janice Askew on April 02, 2000 at 16:13:25:

: My right heel feels bruised whenever I put weight on it. I teach kindergarten and must remain on my feet most of the day. I'm also overweight and have been going to Weight Watchers whereas I've lost 12 pounds. However, it's difficult to do my walking exercise with the pain in my heel. It is especially sore when I get up in the morning and after walking 20 minutes or so.

: Could this be heel spurs? or something else? What can I do to alleviate the pain?

The condition is plantar fascitis, an inflammation of the fascia, or connective tissue, in the sole of the foot. It can lead to heel spurs, but is not the same thing. The pain is worst in the morning and after resting a bit because the tissues have had a chance to repair themselves and are being torn afresh.
Medical treatment is conservative: rest as much as possible, heal cushions, shoes with arch support or special arch inserts, no barefoot walking around, icing the area, anti-inflammatories such as naproxin or ibuprofin. Do stretching exercises such as runners do to stretch out hamstring. Pick up golf ball with toes. Gradually put more weight on the foot while standing on a rolling pin to gently stretch out the foot. Losing weight is helpful.
I've read that the cure takes about as long as you've had it. It seems odd that the pain is worst in the morning, but that's the way it is. You can find plenty of information on the condition in medical web sites. Just look for plantar fascitis.
Good luck from a fellow sufferer.

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